Pellet, bioenergy projects in North Carolina receive funding

By Erin Voegele | January 21, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently announced four projects have been awarded funding under the Bioenergy Research Initiative, including three related to pellets and one focused on swine lagoon sludge.  

According to a press release issued by the department, the grant recipients include:

North Carolina State University’s Department of Forest Biomaterials—$133,190: NCSU’s Department of Forest Biomaterials was awarded funding for a two-year project titled “Populus-based Production of Solid Biofuels.” The project aims to develop a novel pre-process for pellet production and evaluate the potential of utilizing highly productive Populus clones that are suitable as a feedstock for the next generation of solid biofuels.

North Carolina State University’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department—$144,711: NCSU’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department was awarded funding for a project tilted “Potential for Integrating Swine Lagoon Sludge into the N.C. Bioenergy Sector.” The two-year project will develop and evaluate the performance of sludge removal and drying systems and characterize the removed, dried sludge as a soil amendment and as a combustion feedstock.

Carolina Land & Lakes RC&D for Pellets for Pullets--$85,400: The funding under this award extends a previously funded project and will be used to install an additional wood pellet heating system on three existing farms to increase accuracy of data collection. These heating systems have been shown to offer cost savings, reduction in moisture and fossil fuel byproducts and delivery of a better product to market, while utilizing a renewable domestic fuel.

Carolina Land & Lakes RC&D for Pellets for Pullets--$151,900: Funding awarded to this project will build on previously funded projects in the upper mountain region of North Carolina. Under the project, 14 boiler houses will be retrofitted with two pellet-fired furnaces on seven farms, including six located in North Carolina and one in South Carolina. The project will increase the data collection accuracy of the overall project and support the pellet industry in the region of Laurinburg, North Carolina.  

Additional information is available on the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website.